Geology of the National Parks - Death Valley
Death Valley National Park Virtual Geology Field TripThis field trip will take you to just a few of Death Valley's geological wonders. Most of the sites you'll see are right off the highway, but we've included a few side trips that take you off the beaten path. If you plan on visiting the park in person, you'll be interested in the "If you're going" link at the bottom of each page.
We've arranged the field trip stops so that you can travel through 1.7 billion years of time. The menu below lists the oldest features and rocks first, with younger rocks and features following. You may also navigate by using the clickable map link at the top of each page. Are you ready to hit the road?
Death Valley Dawn - 1.8 billion years to 570 million years ago (Precambrian)
Quiet to chaos 65 million to 10,000 years ago (Cenozoic)
Death Valley Today - 10,000 years ago to present